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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

With rain on just about everyone's mind, when it does not end up in floods, it captures the artistic imagination in especially amorous ways. There are many images - lovers walking in the wet, oblivious to or even relishing the rain drops. A couple...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

I was impressed by the discipline that was displayed at the second Jack Ruby Festival, which was held on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Friday. Before the event (to celebrate the life and work of Lawrence 'Jack Ruby' Lindo, who operated the...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

As word of singer Frankie Paul's death at the University Hospital of the West Indies spread across the globe yesterday, sadness flowed at the loss of a remarkable talent. He passed away just over a week after singer Arthur 'Bunny' Robinson, who died...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 5:05 AMMel Cooke

Veteran reggae/dancehall artiste, Frankie Paul, died earlier this morning. The Gleaner, reported on Monday that the singer, whose popular original recordings include Kushumpeng, Alicia, Worries in The Dance and Big and Ready with rapper Heavy D and...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

One week from today, the Musgrave Medal awardees for 2017 will have their citations read and medals presented in this year's edition of the annual ceremony in the lecture hall, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston. Among those to be...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann.The luggage...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Garnet Silk recorded Like a Mother to Me, at producer Robert 'Bobby Digital' Dixon's St Andrew studio after he returned from his sole trip to the UK. It was an eventful journey, as after doing shows in London, Birmingham and Luton, Silk was held up...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Under ordinary circumstances, tomorrow would have been another great music business day for singer George Nooks. He would have gone to perhaps the most well-attended Mother's Day 2017 concert in the country and, most likely, moved the crowd with his...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Today's second Jack Ruby Festival, subtitled The Black Experience, is slated to run just short of 24 hours.The festival starts at 6 a.m. with radio station IRIE FM's Wake Up Call show with DJ Amber and continues all day through to a live outside...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Bob Marley's commercial breakthrough in the US was Rastaman Vibration of 1976, certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 copies. According to Billboard's website, it was the first Bob Marley and...

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Jamaica Sound Fest 2017 will take place at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann, on August 12, rain or shine, sponsors or no sponsors. However, its subsequent development depends heavily not on the weather but the sponsorship climate.Yaniq...

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Later this month, Freddie McGregor will receive a Silver Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. One of his many enduring hits is Big Ship, which was written from something he saw.One morning in 1982, Freddie McGregor went up to Stony Hill, St...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

I thought I had seen or heard of, if not every type of music entertainment event, then certainly everything that could surprise me. Then a couple weeks ago, I saw a flyer that caused me to make the classic involuntary 'Oh!' of surprise - and it was...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:16 AMMel Cooke

Sunday’s Musical Rhapsody at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, is the first concert with that title being put on by The Church of St John the Evangelist. Although the name is new, though, the event is not, and the name reflects its...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

The programme for last Sunday's mass at The Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Bamboo, St Ann, was for "the golden anniversary of the recording career of Glenroy 'Ernie' Smith, OD, BH (M)". And since the following day, Monday, May 1, was...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 5:17 AMMel Cooke

No Violence in Love, sung by Iceman and Ikaya (which could make the acronym ‘I&I’ if they chose to make their duets consistent), was released at a time when the seasonal concern for violence against women, especially, and children...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:20 AMMel Cooke

While current Minister of Mining and Transport, Mike Henry, has insisted on the viability and necessity of a revived train service, Ken Boothe has consistently been singing about a time when the lines were well kept and the diesels were humming.The...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

On one end of show bands from Jamaica are outfits like Inner Circle, which marks a half-century this year; and Fab 5, well into its 47th year; and Third World, which was formed in 1973.At the other end of the age spectrum are the bands performed...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

Bog Walk High School, Jamaica's Best School Band for 2017, made their musical mark on the stage of the Vera Moody Concert Hall, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, on Sunday night. However, at the moment their victory was...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

Two documentaries were shown at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, last Friday evening, the anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie's April 21, 1966, arrival in Jamaica.The audiovisual recordings...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:02 AMMel Cooke

Dawn Penn wrote the words of You Don't Love Me (popularly known as No, No, No, which the vocals begin with and is, along with the title, part of the refrain) when she was experiencing the painful aftermath of love. Responding to The Sunday Gleaner,...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

Tonight, the Twelve Tribes of Israel will celebrate the anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica through an avenue the entity is well versed in - song.The organisation's representative, Ashes Issachar, told The...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

Part of Samory I's preparation for the upcoming release of his debut album, Black Gold, has been physical. And it is not only his vocal chords that are being whipped into better shape through extended sessions to tracks or with a band, but also the...

Published:Sunday | April 16, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

The crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus are marked between Good Friday and Easter Monday - April 14 and 17, respectively, this year. While not on a definite schedule (there were expectations in some quarters on the cusp of the...

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:00 AMMel Cooke

An extended delay to the start of Bunny Wailer's 70th birthday celebration on Sunday ended with a smooth transition to reggae rhythms and hand drumming. A trio of male drummers played along to Wailer's recording of Soul Rebel, the volume of...

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